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Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelids. 

This surgical procedure can address various skin imperfections around your eyes, such as sagging skin, puffiness, and droopy eyelids. 

If you’re considering undergoing blepharoplasty, one question that might be on your mind is: how long do the results of this procedure last? 

In this comprehensive blog post, we will explore the longevity of blepharoplasty results, provide insights into the recovery process, and answer frequently asked questions about the procedure!

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The Longevity of Blepharoplasty Results

Blepharoplasty is known for its long-lasting results.

However, it’s important to note that the longevity of the results can vary from patient to patient. Factors such as the patient’s age, skin elasticity, and overall lifestyle can influence the longevity of the results. 

If everything goes smoothly, your blepharoplasty results can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years!

While the procedure can effectively address the signs of aging, it cannot stop the natural aging process altogether. Over time, the skin may gradually lose elasticity, and some of the initial benefits of the surgery may diminish. 

However, the improvements achieved through blepharoplasty are generally considered permanent and tend to age naturally with the patient!

Did you know that over 325,000 blepharoplasty procedures were performed in 2020 alone?

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Factors Influencing the Longevity of Blepharoplasty Results

Several factors can influence the longevity of blepharoplasty results:


Age is a significant factor that can influence the longevity of blepharoplasty results. 

Younger patients generally exhibit better skin elasticity, which contributes to longer-lasting outcomes. 

As we age, the skin naturally loses elasticity, which can affect the surgical results’ longevity. 

However, even older patients can benefit from blepharoplasty and experience significant improvements in their appearance.

Skin Elasticity

The quality of the patient’s skin plays a crucial role in determining how long the results of blepharoplasty will last. 

Patients with good skin elasticity tend to have more enduring outcomes. When the skin is firm and supple, it can better adapt to the changes during the surgery, resulting in longer-lasting results.

Our skin loses its snap-back quality in our 30s and 40s. This is especially true during the initial 5 years of menopause, a period when women’s skin experiences a steep decline in collagen, plummeting by roughly 30%.

Source: Waterhouse Young Clinic

Lifestyle Factors

Factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and poor skincare habits can accelerate the aging process and potentially diminish the procedure’s long-term effects. 

It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow proper skin care practices to optimize the longevity of the results.

Tips for Prolonging the Longevity of Blepharoplasty Results

Let’s explore the key recommendations that will support the lasting success of your eyelid surgery:

Follow a Skincare Routine

Establishing a proper skincare routine can significantly contribute to the longevity of blepharoplasty results:

  • Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. 
  • Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides, which help hydrate and firm the skin. 
  • Additionally, consider using an eye cream with antioxidants to protect the skin from free radical damage.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Excessive sun exposure can accelerate aging and diminish blepharoplasty’s effects. Therefore:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection and apply sunscreen with a high SPF to the eyelid area. 
  • Try shade and avoid direct sunlight whenever possible, especially during peak hours.

The SkinMedica® line of skincare products will help keep your eyelids safe during recovery!

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is essential for long-lasting results after blepharoplasty: 

  • Eat a balanced diet of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to support overall skin health. 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water daily. 
  • Engage in regular exercise to improve blood circulation, which nourishes the skin and promotes collagen production. 
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as these habits can negatively impact skin health and accelerate aging.

Avoid Rubbing or Pulling at the Eyelids

Rubbing or pulling the eyelids after blepharoplasty can disrupt the healing process and affect the results. 

Be gentle when applying skincare products or removing makeup around the eyes. Instead of rubbing, use a patting motion to minimize unnecessary pressure on the surgical area.

Maintain Regular Follow-ups With Your Surgeon

Regular follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are essential for monitoring the progress of your blepharoplasty results. 

Your surgeon can assess the healing process, address concerns, and provide further guidance on maintaining and optimizing the outcomes. Follow their post-operative instructions diligently, asking questions and seeking advice as needed.

FAQs About Blepharoplasty Results

How Long is the Recovery Period After Blepharoplasty?

The recovery period after blepharoplasty varies from patient to patient but typically ranges between 1-2 weeks. 

During this time, it’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Your surgeon will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

When Can I See the Final Results of Blepharoplasty?

While some improvements will be visible immediately after the surgery, it may take several weeks or months for the final results to fully manifest.

Can Blepharoplasty Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Blepharoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts or brow lifts. This approach allows for a comprehensive rejuvenation of the facial appearance and can provide more harmonious results.

Are the Results of Blepharoplasty Reversible?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure involving removing or repositioning excess skin, fat, and muscle. Once these tissues are altered, the results are generally considered permanent.

Can I Undergo Blepharoplasty More Than Once?

Sometimes, patients undergo a revision or secondary blepharoplasty to enhance or refine the results. Consult with your surgeon to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Start Your Blepharoplasty Journey With Dr. Chang Today!

Ready to start your facial rejuvenation journey? Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure! If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end! Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on plastic surgery and plastic surgery trends!


  1. 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report – American Society of Plastic …, www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/news/statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2020.pdf. Accessed 12 Jul. 2023.

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